I have, for years, thought that Timothy Ferris (acclaimed science writer) and Tim Ferriss (4 hour work week) WERE THE SAME DUDE!
I was always like, That Tim Ferriss guy seems like a bit of a dill hole, but he sure does a great job of making profound and awesome science understandable. What a weird mix, between egotistical and genius he’s got goin’ on.
In fact, it’s hard to believe that the guy who so eloquently referred to matter as “frozen energy” is the same guy who says that he has “seen the promised land and we all can have it!” as long as, y’know, you can hire someone to do all the grunt work for you so, yeah, I guess that person can’t have it.
But OH! Thank goodness, they are in fact different people and Mr Ferris (with one S) you’re awesome. Other guy…I get to dislike you wholeheartedly now! Excellent news!
If you wrote a non-fiction, popular science book called No Edge, maybe with the aid of questions sent in by nerdfighters asking not only about cosmology, but also everything else amazing within this mind-blowing universe of ours... Well, that might just be the best thing ever.
I like that idea too, but it’s basically what I’m doing on SciShow…
I have a really hard time writing anything and not releasing it immediately either as a video or here.
The closing on sci-show (obesity) was particularly unhelpful. At the end of an insightful episode was ill placed sarcasm such as "change planets," "choose who your parents are," and "let your house freeze over." Do you have any real advice? Cause I obviously can't do those things. :/
The video wasn’t meant as a guide for how to lose weight, but an explanation of the science behind the obesity epidemic. The point is that lots of things contribute to weight gain that we cannot control, which is why we’re having a problem in America.
I do not know how to lose weight and, looking around at the insignificant success of every weight loss plan ever, I would say that it appears that no one knows. Which, I suppose, is another reason why we have a problem.
Hey Hank, the other day I met someone who swore left and right that we never landed on the moon, I know these people are actually quite frequently found, but it got me wondering what your opinion was on this matter! *Insert laugh here* Bye!
My opinion is that every time Buzz Aldrin punches one of those D-Bags…an angel gets its wings.
Hello Hank! Some friends and I were discussing body hair, and we were wondering if there were some evolutionary reason for only having body hair where we have it, such as the lower arms, underarms, lower leg, etc. We came up with some pretty sweet hypotheses, none of which stood up very long to logic, so I decided to ask you :D
Body hair is a bit of a mystery, and generally people find the actual answers a bit odd. It turns out that scent is an extremely important way in which we communicate with each other. We try to cover it up now, but a lot of our body hair actually exists to capture our scent so that it can be properly maintained.
Something that’s interesting to note is that a human and a chimp actually have the same density of hair follicles on their bodies. Our hair is just thinner and shorter than a chimp’s. I guess the really interesting question is how we ended up with our current hair pattern and why the hair on our heads (somewhat peculiarly) does not stop growing the way our arm and leg hairs do.
There is no clear answer here. But one that rarely gets discussed is beauty. People (and lots of other animals) choose mates based on a bunch of very odd factors. These factors don’t always make evolutionary sense. But I know, personally, that I find head hair very attractive and body hair less so, and I don’t that’s 100% cultural.
But our current pattern of body hair? You got me…I don’t even have a guess at why we have longer and thicker hairs on our lower arms and legs. That’s just weird.
Hey Hank, I hope you don't mind that I did a portrait of you. I generally ask people before posting my paintings of them, but I kinda figured your face is everywhere already. Anyway, if you do check it out, I hope you like it! :)))
I reblogged it before even before I saw your ask. So, yes, it’s OK. Also, yes I liked it!
So I made my video today for two reasons. One, because I wanted to showcase and comment upon the vast amount of cute that we have in our world, because it’s fun to think about things we don’t think about (even if I’m thinking about them in idiotic ways.)
But the other reason is that I wanted to point out a few ways to make a ludicrous argument seem semi-sane. This is how people get terrified over small problems. Or, more correctly, it’s how powerful people make the people who listen to them terrified, so that they control them. A heavy topic for a video about cute, I know, but that’s how I do.
So, in this video, some devices I used:
Discuss a topic people know exists, but haven’t spent a lot of time analyzing, so they won’t have formed an opinion yet. This way, you get to them first, and people make up their minds. Once minds are made up, they can be very difficult to change
The turn-around. “I was once a sinner too! But I have realized the error of my ways.” Not only does this make people feel OK for having done the bad thing themselves, so they don’t turn off to the message, but it empowers them to become a spokesperson.
Compare to other frightening problems we face. I did this when I called tiny animals a “gateway” which draws the mind to drugs. Then later, when I call it a drug outright, it seems less ridiculous.
Story of downfall. Explaining how one simple thing can lead to more and more severe behavior. This allows the speaker to link innocuous acts to dangerous acts, making the innocuous acts (downloading a song) seem like the same thing as being an international, for-profit distributor of bootleg movies.
True statements followed by opinions. “Never before has humanity been exposed to so much cute.” TRUE! “We have no idea what this is doing to our brains.” Not so much true…more like speculation. This makes the opinion sound like a fact because the fact before it was so interesting and obviously true.
Invoke the children. ALWAYS INVOKE THE CHILDREN
Incorrect use of the word “literal.” This seems to be a rule…I don’t know why.
Invoking the opposition’s argument before they make it. “Many people will say that cuteness is natural.” It’s probably an idea that’s forming in the listener’s minds, and you want to stamp it out before it takes hold. I did this in a particularly ludicrous way (saying that cuteness only exists to keep us from eating our children) to point out that it doesn’t matter how you counter the argument, only that you do counter the argument.
Confusion. Saying “I don’t know, do you know?” is a powerful force for liars. Just find a question the opposition can’t answer and keep throwing it in their face.
"Some people are saying." It doesn’t matter if some people are actually saying it. I mean, some people will certainly be saying it after the powerful person says it, so you might as well say "Some people are saying" thus making it not your opinion, but the opinion of some unseen mass of people who, we automatically assume, are intelligent and have values like ours.
Link your issue with another hot-button issue. “The cute tax will help balance our national budget.”
Personal call to congress. Oh yeah.
Propose a solution, no matter how outlandish. Say that it will be simple and convenient, no matter how difficult, expensive, and limiting it will be.
Invoke a celebrity personality for your cause (I chose a fake celebrity here, for obvious reasons.)
So…yeah, those are some things to watch out for. Just because people are using those tools doesn’t mean their cause is unjust, only their tactics. And every single one of the sides in any national debate uses tactics like these. I find it extremely annoying when my side uses them, but they are very effective.